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Thomas B. Lucatorto (Assoc)

Tom Lucatorto received his Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University in 1968 and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Columbia University from 1968 to 1970. At that time, his studies involved radiofrequency spectroscopy of atoms and ions. In 1970 he joined NIST (then NBS) to investigate atomic structure using laser and synchrotron techniques. From 1985 to 2011, Tom served as Group Leader of the Photon Physics Group. Since 2011, he has been Group Leader of the Ultraviolet Radiation Group.

Research Interests:

  • Interactions of EUV with matter
  • EUV optics
  • Applications of EUV to nanofabrication


  • New York State Regents Fellowship, 1961-1962
  • Pfister Fellowship (Columbia University), 1962
  • Department of Commerce Silver Medal, 1980
  • Fellow American Physical Society, 1984
  • William P. Slichter Award, 2008

Visiting Appointments:

  • NSF Rotator 2002 - 2005 Program Officer for the LIGO Project

Selected Publications

Precision Spectroscopy in He as a Test of QED

S Bergeson, A Balakrishnan, K G. Baldwin, Thomas B. Lucatorto, J P. Marangos, T J. McIlrath, Thomas R. O'Brian, S L. Rolston, Craig J. Sansonetti, J Wen, N Westbrook, C H. Cheng, E E. Eyler
High resolution laser-based measurements of energy levels have spurred the development and refinement of quantum electrodynamic calculations. We have extended


Measurements and model of UV-induced oxidation of aluminum

Robert F. Berg, Charles S. Tarrio, Thomas B. Lucatorto
We present measurements and a model of aluminum oxidation induced by ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Spots of oxide were grown by focusing synchrotron radiation

The hazard of UV-induced oxidation to solar-viewing spacecraft optics

Charles S. Tarrio, Robert F. Berg, Thomas B. Lucatorto, Dale E. Newbury, Nicholas Ritchie, Andrew Jones, Frank Eparvier
The two most prevalent outgas contaminants on satellites are organic molecules and water vapor. Adsorbed organic molecules can degrade a solar-viewing
Created October 9, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022